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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

Four EU countries jump on microplastic ban wagon

19-Dec-2014 - The Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden have issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in cosmetics to protect its’ marine life from contamination.

EFfCI’s animal testing review referred to European Court of Justice

16-Dec-2014 - A High Court in London has referred a review of the animal testing ban put forward by the European Federation for Cosmetics Ingredients Manufacturers (EFfCI) to the European Court of...

EC lays down ecolabel criteria for rinse-off cosmetics

16-Dec-2014 - After consulting the European Union Ecolabelling Board, the EC has established criteria for the award of the EU Ecolabel to rinse-off cosmetics.

Cosmetics Europe calls for participation in Hair Colour safety consortium

10-Dec-2014 - The Personal Care Association is setting up a technical consortium to prepare and submit dossiers and information relating to the safety of uses of hair dye ingredients and hair colouring...

SCCS calls for experts in risk assessment

09-Dec-2014 - To meet increasing demand for risk assessments related to consumer safety, the Directorate General for Health and Consumers has called for experts to assist the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety in...

EU called on to invest more in R&D to stay globally competitive

05-Dec-2014 - Investment in research and development by companies based in the EU grew by 2.6% in 2013, despite the unfavourable economic environment. However, this growth has slowed in comparison to the...

Russia publishes cosmetics ingredients textbook

04-Dec-2014 - Russia has published a new edition of the 'Encyclopedia of ingredients for cosmetics and perfumery'.

Better regulation can increase consumer confidence in fragrance industry

02-Dec-2014 - Members of the European Parliament and the EU Commission are today joining members of the fragrance industry in addressing the challenges facing European industry to increase competitiveness and consumer confidence...

It's gone through! Obama signs Sunscreen Innovation Act

01-Dec-2014 - President Obama has signed the Sunscreen Innovation Act into law, which modifies the FDA review and approval process of over-the-counter sunscreen ingredients.

New denatured alcohol guidelines for EU cosmetics and perfume manufactures

27-Nov-2014 - The EU’s Taxation and Customs Union Directorate-General has issued advice that strengthens the protocols manufacturers follow when denaturing alcohol as an ingredient in beauty products.

EU updates WTO on 3-BC ban

26-Nov-2014 - The European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation that it is prohibiting the use of 3-benzylidene-camphor (3-BC) in cosmetics.

BfR forum on aluminium safety in cosmetics kicks off tomorrow

25-Nov-2014 - The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is holding a forum that will address aluminium in cosmetic and other consumer products sectors, where experts will provide information on the current state of research....

French nanomaterials register triples in second year

19-Nov-2014 - According to a government report, the number of declarations for the French nanomaterials register tripled in its second year of implementation, as formulators and distributors increase their notifications.

New study links triclosan to liver cancer in mice

18-Nov-2014 - Triclosan has been under scrutiny in the cosmetics industry for a number of years, and now a new study has linked it with liver cancer in laboratory mice. While not...

SCCS assessment could now mean formaldehyde in nail hardeners will be exempt from ban

14-Nov-2014 - The European Commission has given the go ahead for formaldehyde to be used at a maximum concentration of 2.2% when used in cosmetics that claim to harden or strengthen nails....

Evonik launches eco-friendly alternative to microbeads

11-Nov-2014 - Germany-based Evonik has launched an environmentally-friendly alternative to microbeads, as the race hots up to find viable alternatives in the face of growing legislation against it.

Cosmetics and perfume ingredient supplier Symrise tops Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

06-Nov-2014 - The international non-profit Carbon Disclosure Project, following an assessment of companies’ disclosure and reduction of environmental risks, has scored Symrise 96 out of 100 points, making it the top company...

8 EU countries call on the Commission to strengthen chemicals legislation

05-Nov-2014 - Sweden and seven other Nordic countries want to see a crackdown on chemicals from the incoming European Commission with endocrine disrupters particularly singled out as an important area. 

EC and ECHA announce clarity on REACH and the Cosmetics Regulation

28-Oct-2014 - The European Commission, in cooperation with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), has clarified the relationship between the marketing ban and the REACH information requirements after there was confusion over whether...

ECHA looks into decamethylcyclopentasiloxane and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxan

23-Oct-2014 - After the UK announced its' plan to submit restriction proposals on decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5) and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) in January 2015, Echa has issued calls for evidence on the substances.

CAAT forum to bring academia and industry together for safer chemicals

23-Oct-2014 - The Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing is holding a workshop that it hopes will push the boundaries of science in the new field of 'green chemistry'. 

Clarity still needed for EU Cosmetics Regulation

22-Oct-2014 - While the aim of the EU Cosmetics Regulation that came into play last year was to harmonise the current laws, and in the most part it has, there are still...

Are French lavender farmers losing the battle against warning labels?

17-Oct-2014 - French lavender farmers have complained loudly about warning labels for cosmetic and fragrance products containing lavender oil, but it seems like regulators are going through with the move regardless....

Slack-fill: How much is too much?

15-Oct-2014 - A recent lawsuit in California brought against a cosmetics brand for slack-fill highlights the pitfall this area presents. Lawyer to the cosmetics industry, Angela Diesch, points out how to avoid...

SCCS rules concentration of 10% for UV filter in sunscreens

15-Oct-2014 - The Scientific Committee for Consumer Safety has ruled UV filter 1,1'-(1,4-piperazinediyl)bis[1-[2-[4-(diethylamino)-2-hydroxybenzoyl]phenyl]-methanone (HAA299), safe at a concentration of up to 10% in sunscreen products. ...

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